Pete - an impetuous, avowedly self-absorbed writer - and Dave - a pithy banker with a "genius for generosity" - had maintained a close friendship since their first days at college. They stood as Best Man for each other; they are godfathers to each other's sons. That bond cracks during one visit in their mid-30s, and since then neither can say with any satisfaction why.
In their ensuing letters, both men begin speaking with a candor they never shared face-to-face, and over 15 years they break down and rebuild what each thought of the other, and of themselves, sifting the remains of a friendship dissolved and youth passed.
A writer and banker - on the edge of middle age; best man at each other’s wedding; godfather to each other's sons; and the closest of friends beginning their freshman year at college - pick over the splinters of their lives. Their series of letters is an increasingly sad back-and-forth of what has become a relationship of affronts, regrets, and pain. Venting anguish and melancholy, Kurt Bernhardt performs Nelson Algren Short Story Award-winning author Mark Ernest Pothier’s epistolary novella of men challenged by a friendship gone astray into honest and revealing introspection.
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